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Stumblebum

1985-1986
20th century
221 cm x 108 cm (87 in. x 42 1/2 in.)

Universal Limited Art Editions Publisher
Susan Rothenberg (Buffalo, New York, 1945 - ) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: North America, American
Medium and Support: Twelve-color lithograph from two stones and sixteen plates
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Teaching Collection of Marvin Vexler, '48, 1987
Accession Number: 1987.25

The artist’s hand is everywhere visible in the paintings and prints of Susan Rothenberg. A fierce tangle of gestures that resolves slowly into form, Rothenberg’s imagery is most often figurative. Her agitated lines and dense compositions record an intense interrogatory working process as she moves between acutely attuned impulse and intellect. Because her mark is so transparently emotional, Rothenberg’s works feel like intimate confessions.
Stumblebum is one of her largest and most ambitious prints, but its varied textures, subtle differentiation of colors, and extravagant movement are typical of all her work. A rich symphony of surfaces, this complex lithograph is the combined result of two printings from two stones, fifteen printings from fifteen stones, and one printing on an offset proofing press. The title character, based on Rothenberg’s drawing of the back of her printer, Keith Brintzenhofe, appears to have stopped just momentarily, eager to move on, literally absorbed by his surroundings.

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